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Long COVID symptoms: COVID variants create different COVID symptoms

The different coronavirus variants may create various long COVID-19 symptoms, according to a new study.

Driving the news: The study — which will be presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2022) in April — found that each COVID-19 variant leads to different long-term COVID-19 symptoms.

  • For example, the alpha variant of the coronavirus led to muscle aches and pain, insomnia, brain fog, anxiety and depression compared to the original strain of the virus.
  • The study also found that those who suffered from severe COVID-19 were six times more likely to experience long COVID-19 symptoms, according to a press release on the study.

Top symptoms: The study said about 76% of patients reported at least one COVID-19 symptom that stayed with them after infection. Some of the most common symptoms included:

  • Shortness of breath (37%)
  • Chronic fatigue (36%)
  • Sleep problems (16%)
  • Brain fog (13%)
  • Visual problems (13%).

The bigger picture: Long COVID-19 remains one of the most troubling aspects of a coronavirus infection as the virus continues to impact people’s lives well after their initial sickness wraps up.

  • Researchers at the University of Cambridge recently found that about 70% of long COVID-19 patients struggle with neurological issues after infections.
  • In fact, 75% of people infected with long COVID-19 symptoms can’t work because of how debilitating their symptoms are, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

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